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Digital technologies raise new and challenging issues for labour law. This subject engages students with cutting-edge research on how digital technologies might frame the new world of work, with a focus on both national and transnational developments. The subject engages with key and emerging debates in labour law, including those relating to the regulation of the gig economy, social media and privacy, workplace monitoring, algorithmic discrimination and automation, and the use of regulatory technologies. It considers trends in legal and policy reform (including legislation and court judgements), and the ways in which labour law might need to be reformed to adapt to digital technologies. Drawing on the insights of expert international guests from academia, government and the union movement, it connects students with the leading experts in the field. The lecturers in this subject combine many years of academic scholarship in this area, engagement in law reform debates and practical advice to national and international regulators.
This subject provides a critical examination of the impact of digital technologies on work and labour law. It will focus on federal and Victorian jurisdictions, but also refer to international developments (including those at the ILO, in the European Union and the United States).
Principal topics will include:
- ‘Gig’ work, precarity and employment status, particularly where mediated through digital labour platforms;
- Algorithms, machine learning and equality law;
- Automation of work;
- Off-shoring and global work;
- Organising and collective bargaining in a digital age;
- Workplace monitoring, surveillance, and privacy;
- Social media in recruitment and disciplinary proceedings;
- Remote work and workplace inclusion;
- The use of regulatory technologies by statutory agencies.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of how the legal principles of Australian labour law relate to advancements in digital technology
- Be able to critically examine, analyse, interpret and assess the effectiveness of these legal rules
- Be an engaged participant in debate regarding emerging and contemporary issues in the field, such as the gig economy, automatic, workplace surveillance, global work, remote work, and digital collective bargaining
- Have a sophisticated appreciation of the factors and processes driving parliamentary revision of the legal framework.
Last updated: 10 November 2023